Software Engineer - Huntsville, AL - ASL

Huntsville, AL 35801
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Job Purpose

A Software Engineer designs, develops, and tests software; additionally manages software development teams, provides technical leadership, establishes software development lifecycle practices and processes. The Software Engineer is proficient in programming languages such as Java, C, C++, Ruby, Python, Scala, and Groovy. Requires extensive knowledge of programming languages, software development, computer operating systems, continuous integration, continuous delivery, DevOps, API development, container development, and distributed systems. Applies engineering principles to software creation, managing production releases of software, performing code reviews, merging feature development branches, and analyzing and triaging issues. Necessary skill areas: Programming and coding, fundamentals of computer science, design and architecture, algorithms and data structures, information analysis, debugging software, testing software, and working in development teams. Works with sponsors to curate requirements, define sprint work items, set priorities for work backlogs, and organize development teams.

Project/Unit Description

The Command, Control, Computers, Communication, and Intelligence (C4I) Branch Chief is a leadership position within the Air and Missile Defense Systems (AMDS) Division of the Applied Systems Laboratory (ASL) in Huntsville, AL. The branch chief will lead a team of software and systems engineers responsible for technical research supporting the U.S. Army and the Missile Defense Agency. Branch capability areas include system and software architecture design, system of systems (SoS) engineering, software analysis, and system integration and test.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for leading the development of complex software systems in multiple domains
  • Provides technical leadership to development teams
  • Organize developers to work on items in sprints, manage meetings, and run daily standups
  • Design, develop, and support creation, deployment, and maintenance of both on-premises and cloud-based solutions for various software stacks
  • Design, architect and provide senior-level support of highly security-sensitive or classified systems
  • Serve as a resource and subject matter expert for software engineering tools and technologies
  • Serve as a resource and subject matter expert for DevOps solutions
  • Manage overall codebase, review code pull-requests, handle merging, perform code branch management, and provide feedback to team members to ensure sponsor requirements and code quality thresholds are being met
  • Create level-of-effort (LOE) estimates for assigned tasks and communicate schedule updates to stakeholders
  • Create and maintain documentation for code and system components.
  • Run live demonstrations to showcase implemented work to sponsors, answer their questions, and solicit and document feedback
  • The primary author of technical reports/presentations for projects of moderate/high complexity
  • Compile report input from other researchers and prepare final report deliverable
  • Lead and/or contribute to white papers and proposals

Additional Responsibilities

The AMDS C4I Branch Chief will be responsible for setting the technical vision for the branch as well as executing a strategy to meet that vision. The AMDS C4I Branch Chief must maintain a high-level understanding of the research and must be capable of conveying reasonable detail to potential research sponsors. She or he will be responsible for working within a matrix organization for identifying new research opportunities, leading proposal efforts to secure funding, and working with project managers for resource allocation against projects. She or he will be required to develop and maintain a growth strategy for the branch over time that fits with the lab and divisions stated vision all while supporting sponsor-funded research of their own.

The AMDS C4I Branch Chief will maintain a high level of technical engagement among a number of technical tasks throughout the AMDS Division. Technical sponsored research will be estimated at eighty percent of the C4I Branch Chiefs time. The Branch Chief will work individually or within a team to conduct sponsored research to include systems and software engineering, architecture design, or other related tasks. In this capacity, the Branch Chief is expected to support conferences, sponsor briefings, and participate in delivering content with other technical outreach activities.

Additionally, the C4I Branch Chief will be responsible for all aspects of personnel management within the team. Personnel management responsibilities are estimated at twenty percent of the C4I Branch Chiefs time. She or he will provide mentoring opportunities to junior researchers, helping them grow their careers in a wide range of areas. She or he will be responsible for helping each team member set and achieve goals annually, as well as assigning them duties that aid them in the fulfillment of such goals. The C4I Branch Chief also coordinates with project managers to ensure coverage of the team, ensuring projects have the correct resources and team members are adequately engaged.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience in Software Systems Engineering, Architecture, and/or Design
  • 5+ years of experience managing a cross-functional team of systems and/or software engineers
  • Experience in senior engineering management with a thorough knowledge of engineering processes
  • Knowledge and ability to develop and integrate concepts, requirements, design, prototyping, production, testing, training, and logistics support in all phases of the software life cycle, including all aspects of technical programs involving trade-offs for performance, life-cycle cost, risk, producibility, supportability, testability, and other engineering requirements.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform requirements reviews and translate them onto technical specifications of equipment, software, facilities, data, and personnel; provide technical and guidance to lower-level technical personnel as necessary
  • Technical involvement as applicable in one or more of the following: Research, design, development, production; testing, and performance of theoretical studies, analysis of system design, and recommendations to expand performance and enhance the design of applicable systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to transform concepts, architectures, requirements, and designs into real-world solutions

Travel Requirements

<10% travel

Education and Length of Experience

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist II

  • A Masters degree in Electrical engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or a Computer-programming related degree and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Electrical engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or a Computer-programming related degree and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Electrical engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or a Computer-programming related degree.

Senior Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist

  • A Masters degree in Electrical engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or a Computer-programming related degree and seven (7) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Electrical engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or a Computer-programming related degree and nine (9) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Electrical engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or a Computer-programming related degree and four (4) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor's degree.

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link:

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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